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94th Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Course Preview & Photos
 
By Staff
Date: 4/27/2008
94th Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Course Preview & Photos
 

94th Liège-Bastogne-Liège
La Doyenne the oldest of the classics and the final Spring Classic and the last rite of Spring

Affectionately called “La Doyenne,” the Grandmother of great northern classics and the final rite of Spring and last of  the Ardenne's Trilogy including the Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallone races. First run in 1892 the 261 km parcours runs through some of the hilliest regions of Belgium in the scenic countryside of the Ardennes.


La Redoute the day before the race, will be lined with fans by morning.
Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

It’s a demanding race that favors a strong all-around, aggressive rider who can climb. The race has been won by a veritable who’s who of cycling greats, including Eddy Merckx, who won the race 5 times between 1969 and 1975. Paolo Bettini returns this year with two previous wins


Francaise des Jeux riders joined by Lotto riders pre riding the course on Friday. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti


Ag2r riders... imagine after 200 kms then the stiff climb of the La Redoute!
Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

The course has had two more climbs added to the menu this year.


Race Profile


Cadel Evans Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

The climbs:
1. 57.5 km - Côte de Ny - 1.8 km - à 5.7 %
2. 82.0 km - Côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne - 2.8 km - à 4.9 %
3. 128.0 km - Côte de Saint Roch - 0.8 km - à 12 %
4. 172.0 km - Côte de Wanne - 2.7 km - à 7 %
5. 178.5 km - Côte de Stockeu - 1.1 km -  à 10.5 %
6. 184.0 km - Côte de la Haute-Levée - 3.4 km - à 6 %
7. 196.5 km - Côte du Rosier - 4.0 km -  à 5.9 %
8. 209.0 km - Côte de la Vecquée - 3.1 km  - 5.9 %
9. 226.5 km - Côte de la Redoute - 2.1 km - à 8.4 %
10. 232.0 km - Côte de Sprimont - 1.4 km  - 4.7 %
11. 241.5 km - Côte de la Roche aux Faucons -1.5 km - à 9.9 %
12. 255.5 km - Côte de Saint-Nicolas - 1.0 km  - à 11.1 %
Map Large
Race Website
Team Presentation Gallery


Cofidis out to reconnoiter the course. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti


Saunier Duval's Riccardo Ricco at the team presentation. Photo © 2008 Bart Hazen

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